Programme Code: SAQA-86346 – NQF level 8 – Credits 120

The Bachelor of Public Administration Honours (BPAHons) is a one-year postgraduate programme aimed at students who have completed the relevant first degree and who intend to consolidate and expand their knowledge in the field of public administration. This programme is pivotal to the development of research capacity in the methodology and techniques of public administration. Students will obtain advanced skills relevant to the public sector. The programme also focuses on equipping students with a sound understanding of organisational strategy, structure, systems and organisational culture.

The programme demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence and is suitably designed for articulation into higher qualifications.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse and solve public sector problems in a systematic and creative way.
  • Acquire an understanding of how to manage resources and processes in a public context.
  • Communicate effectively, in oral and written modes, and to articulate and promote their own ideas and interests.
  • Understand and contribute the socio-economic challenges of developing South Africa in an ethical and responsible manner.
  • Appreciate that policy-making contributes to the development of government at the local, regional and national levels

    Duration: 1 year

    Year Semester Description
    1 1 Theory and Science of Public Administration
    Planning and Policy Analysis in the Public Sector
    Politics in the Public Sector
    Management of Public and Municipal Finance
    Elective One: Choose 1:
    Ethics in the Public Sector
    Strategy in the Public Sector
    Leadership in the Public Sector

    Elective Two: Choose 1:
    Local Government Management
    Research in the Public Sector
    Labour Relations in the Public Sector
    Compulsory Research Report

    • The minimum entry requirement is an appropriate Bachelor's Degree or appropriate Advanced Diploma.